The ‘summer of love’ saw the eighth Conference, which was held at the Leys School in Cambridge, with 328 registered attendees. Not for the first time, hydrographic survey was predominant in the proceedings.

There was a discussion with regards to the Standing Committee that had been proposed at the 1951 Conference. It was proposed that one representative, each from four regions: North America and the Caribbean; Africa; Asia and Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, should meet at the two-year point between each Conference to help shape the coming Conference in the light of rapid changes in equipment and techniques. This was not adopted, but in some ways anticipated, as ‘CC The Exchange’ conferences were initiated in 2005.

Further motions expressed the hope that the ‘mekometer’ (developed over several years), would be made commercially available as soon as possible and that an education and training structure equivalent to the British National Certificate would be established for technicians in survey, cartography and photogrammetry.